2nd half of the 20th century - Perfect condition
These long masks with very rich polychrome were worn by high-ranking members in the bamileke society.
Exhibited on the occasion of the funeral of some warriors, the wearthere waved ears and faked the attack of the elephant, an animal that symbolised this mask.
In African art, the animal Kingdom has a special place because of its pervasive physical proximity. Some animals have largely integrated the cosmogonies of many ethnicities. The elephant is a clear example and they give Royal virtues to works that symbolise them.
The bamileke society had several initiatory associations including the mwola and the komiyo, this society allowed the men to wear these masks.
A hat or feathers could also be added on the top.
Size: 100 x 50 cm.
Weight: 1150 grams
Materials: fabric, beads.
Stand: not included.
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